With Budget 2017, the B.C. government is supporting plans for a proposed redevelopment at G.R. Baker Memorial Hospital, and recognizing the history and archaeological significance of the site, the Province is committing to consult and work with First Nations in the area as a next step.
This consultation will inform the work between the Province and Northern Health on the business plan for a new emergency department and intensive care unit at the facility.
“This project has been a top priority for me and I’m pleased that we are working towards finalizing planning,” said Cariboo North MLA Coralee Oakes, who made the announcement in Quesnel on behalf of Health Minister Terry Lake. “G.R. Baker Memorial Hospital has served Quesnel and area well over the years and upgrades to the facility are the next step in making sure we can support the health of families in this region into the future.”
A business plan includes further analysis of health-service needs and more detailed information on the project’s scope and costs.
“We are pleased to partner with the Province of B.C. and Northern Health on this project. It is an important investment in our region and will further enhance the excellent patient-centred care offered in the North Cariboo,” stated Margo Wagner, Cariboo Chilcotin Regional Hospital District chair. “Quality care is a priority in our strategic plan.”
“This project will make a significant difference for both patients and providers in delivering person and family-centered care in Quesnel,” said Dr. Charles Jago, Northern Health board chair.
Built in 1986, the current emergency department at the facility is small, outdated and in need of upgrades.
Opened in 1955, G.R. Baker Memorial Hospital is a 38-bed acute-care facility with four intensive care unit beds, a trauma room and five emergency spaces. Services provided include full emergency medical care, lab services, diagnostic imaging, mental-health and addictions supports, and chronic disease management.
The B.C. government is making record investments in modern, safe infrastructure projects throughout the province. In doing so, these construction projects are creating well-paying, family-supporting jobs. These investments are possible because of the fiscal plan of the B.C. government.